2003 Dodge Durango Reviews - Page 5 of 5

2003 Dodge Durango SLT 4.7 from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 4.7 Automatic
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired20 miles
Most recent distance1300 miles
Previous carFord Explorer

Summary:

Problems with 68 miles on it!

Faults:

We purchased a brand new Dodge Durango SLT on Saturday, May 10th 2003, it drove perfectly at the Dealers. The next day, Sunday, with 68 miles on the car, it had no power and made a loud noise in the engine. We called the dealer immediately, and they helped us over the phone by telling us to turn the car off & on to reset the computer, this fixed the problem temporarily. The next day, Monday, going to work, this problem happened again. To make a long story short, it's now sitting in the shop for the 3rd time for the same thing, I haven't had it 1 month!

The Durango is somehow putting itself in 4wheel LO while in 2wheel drive after you start it up, just on acceleration (cold) is when it acts up, and it's sparatic, and sometimes it runs fine for up to 3 days.

When in the service dept, the computer gave no error signs so they couldn't pin-point the problem right away, but after 3 days they thought they'd fix the problem by updating the computer. Well, it didn't fix it, and 6 days later back in the shop, this time it acted up for them, and they replaced the transfer module case. Now a factory transmission is ordered. I refuse to have a transmission put on the car with now 1,300 miles on it! it's been one headache after another. I've had the car 27 days, and it's been in the shop 14 of those days. I can't believe this has happened to us! plus it's the most expensive vehicle I purchased at $36,000. My best car was my GEO Spectrum (made by Korea, ran 8 years, in shop once, I ran it until the end for that car), then my GEO Prizm (made by Toyota, I had 6 years and traded in for a 4x4 when I moved from San Diego to New Hampshire (it hated snow!), and I never had it in the shop.

General Comments:

I purchased the Durango after hearing great things about the car from friends and my relative (sister-in-law) who owns one and loves it.

I was told they're mass producing cars so fast now-aday's, a lot of mistakes are being made.

I will say, during the 13 days of actually having the car, it's a very comfortable, smooth riding vehicle! and love the roominess.

The Dealership and Service Dept. have been wonderful with us, and trying to resolve the issue.

I'm starting arbitration proceedings and demanding my money back.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 7th June, 2003

19th Dec 2003, 19:00

What about the lemon law? Sounds like you should get a new vehicle.

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 21 reviews